CriticasBowker, a professor of religious studies at the University of Lancaster, has written many volumes on world religions, such as The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1997). His latest history of God and the divine begins with an introduction that sets the modern conundrums, doubts, and questions about the existence of God against the arguments of both ancient and modern defenders of faith and religion. Bowker then gives a background of the origins and similarities found in early religions and their modern equivalents. Following this introduction comes a chapter on the plethora of religions in India, while a very brief section on the religions of Asia discusses Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The chapter on the religions of Abraham gives a brief introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the final chapter returns to the questions posed at the beginning of the book. Though brief and often with examples that seem arbitrarily chosen, the tome is especially useful for its index and sweeping overviews. It reads more as a 101 or a God for Dummies than as an exhaustive work. Readers who miss the word "brief" in the title will be disappointed that the useful chapter on goddess worship which seems to predate the advent of male godheads runs only a few short pages. A section on music (merely two pages) talks mostly about ecstasy and trance and mentions reggae interesting but hardly exhaustive. Still, this is one of the few Spanish-language volumes on the topic. Readers will enjoy the extensive bibliography as well as the brief citations and anecdotes Bowker offers, many of which are marvelous. Recommended for bookstores and libraries. Joel Whitney, New York CityCopyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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